Resources for further reading about Islam and American Muslims

Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign
2 min readJan 19, 2017

The Study Qur’an: A New Translation and Commentary

The Story of the Qur’an, by Ingrid Mattson

The Muslim Next Door, by Sumbul Ali-Karamali

The Lives of Muhammad, by Kecia Ali

Love in a Headscarf, by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations, by Michael Sells

Qur’an, by Bruce Lawrence

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam, by G. Willow Wilson

This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror, by Moustafa Bayoumi

The Fear of Islam, by Todd Green

Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World, by Carl Ernst

Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters, by Omid Safi

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction, by Jonathan A.C. Brown

Misquoting Mohammed, by Jonathan A.C. Brown

Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, by John Esposito & Dalia Mogahed

The Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam, by Thomas Cleary

Muhammad, by Karen Armstrong

In the Footsteps of the Prophet, by Tariq Ramadan

Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad, by Tamam Khan

Orientalism, by Edward Said

Islam, by Karen Armstrong

The Qur’an: A Contemporary Understanding, by Safi Kaskas (translator)

No God but God, by Reza Aslan

Muhammad, by Martin Lings

Islam, The Straight Path, by John Esposito

The Road to Mecca, by Muhammad Asad

Muslims in America, by Edward Curtis

Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective, by John Renard

Muslims in the Western Imagination, by Sophia Rose Arjana

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, by Denise A. Spellberg

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, by Tamim Ansary

How Does it Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, by Moustafa Bayoumi

• “A Common Word Between Us and You

Islam is a Foreign Country, by Zereena Grewal

Muslim Cool, by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

Islam and the Blackamerican, by Sherman Jackson

The Muslims are Coming, by Arun Kundnani

[Fiction & Stories]:

Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson

• “Does My Head Look Big in This?” by Randa Abdel Fattah (YA)

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, by Mohja Kahf

A Map of Home, by Randa Jarrar



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